Moving into a new home is always an exciting time to call you favorite junk collectors to haul away your old things and begin decorating with a fresh start. While this obviously sounds like fun, new furniture and decorations aren’t always cheap. In order to help you decorate your new house and make it feel like a home, follow these budget-decorating tips.
Recycle Your Old Furniture
By “recycle” I mean to find new uses for your old furniture. If the furniture simply appears dated then a simple paint job and some new metal fixtures will update a piece without much time or effort at all. With our generation’s access to YouTube and our current obsession with DIY projects, refurbishing your old furniture will be easy and fun. Beyond just how much money you will save, it also gives you a chance to make your furniture truly your own.
Sell What You Can
For the items that you do not want to or do not have the time to refurbish, list these items for sale. This will give you some extra cash to splurge on big items you really want.
Using the money from selling your old furniture to hire these some one-day painters is another great utilization of your new found extra cash. When sticking to a tight budget, this can be done yourself to save some money. Changing the color of the walls from white will change the atmosphere in any of your rooms and can help set the tone if you are decorating by themes as well.
“Being thrifty” will require more work then simply going to the nearest Goodwill. You may find one piece of furniture suitable for your at any given thrift shop, therefore this will require an entire day of shopping around to find the best quality furniture that fits your new home’s decor. Searching for used furniture online is also a great way to find discounted furniture for your new home. Sites such as Craigslist and EBay are full of people trying to get rid of their old furniture and decorations, which is easy to take advantage of.
The easiest way to reach out to your personal network for gently used for sale furniture is through your social media accounts. Just ask your friends (or followers) if they or anyone they know has any furniture for sale. Not only will you likely get a friend discount, but you will likely find higher quality furniture here then in your thrift shopping.
This is my favorite option for decorating on a budget. Create your own furniture! I know this is not possible in all circumstances or for all items, but when it is possible it is the best option. Not only will you have the pride in building something yourself, but you will find that the individual parts of furniture are much cheaper then buying something built by some one else. Headboards, shelving, and side tables are all easy enough to build with some supplies from a hardware store and a can-do attitude!